USD volleyball defeats Southern Colorado Sophomore Lindsey Soukup of Lincoln, NE, recorded a team-high 15 kills, 16 digs and six total blocks to help lead The University of South Dakota women's volleyball team (4-4) to a 3-1 win (30-24, 31-29, 30-17, 30-24) over Southern Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Fort Hays S. In the second game of the day, the Coyotes lost 3-0 (30-20, 30-24, 30-19) to Rockhurst.
In addition, Soukup had 15 kills off 32 attacks for a .313 hitting percentage for South Dakota in the Southern Colorado match. Senior Amber Abrams, Rapid City, had a team-high .364 hitting percentage with 13 kills off 33 attacks and one error. Abrams also had four block solos and six digs. Junior Becky Olson, Norfolk, NE, led the team in service aces with three, and also had 14 kills, nine digs and four block assists. Senior setter Lyndsey Finney, Scottsbluff, NE, recorded 49 set assists with three kills, two service aces and four digs.
As a team, South Dakota had 59 kills off 158 attacks and 21 errors for a .241 hitting percentage, while Southern Colorado had 58 kills off 184 attacks with 40 errors for a .098 hitting percentage. The Coyotes held the blocking advantage with seven block solos and 22 block assists, while Southern Colorado put up four block solos and eight block assists. South Dakota also had eight service aces and 65 defensive digs.
In the loss to Rockhurst, Abrams had another team-high hitting percentage with .375, firing off 15 kills on 32 attacks with three errors. Abrams also had three digs and one block assist. Olson had 11 kills and eight digs, while sophomore libero Lacey Ross, Omaha, NE, led the defense with 11 digs. Finney had 38 set assists with five digs. Rockhurst hit .371 with 51 kills on 105 attacks, while South Dakota had just 43 kills on 115 attacks for a .225 hitting percentage. South Dakota had 37 digs and five block assists.